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Recently, I’ve been reading ‘Zero Negativity’ by Ant Middleton. Despite the rather large number of times I’ve read the ‘F’ word, it’s really opened my eyes to the value of being positive. As I’m sure many others have, maybe you as the reader have too, I have had my fair share of mental health struggles. During lockdown, I was taking part in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy & getting mentoring, and whilst all of it was really beneficial in the moment, the biggest thing that I learnt was that the more I tried, the better I could make it.
The music industry is particularly tough! In my day job as a PhD researcher at Cardiff University, I spend a lot of time with my headphones in, listening to a podcast or music, knees deep in chemicals & other things, working on my project in Huntington’s Disease. Whilst the outcomes of the project could be life changing, I never feel too much pressure. Everyone supports your wins whilst helping you navigate your failures, and no one minds too much when you put your head down and want to ignore the world for a while. The music industry is the complete opposite really, isn’t it?! Everything you do is being scrutinised and judged in every intimate detail, and there is always someone that has something to say! And by all means, please do, criticism can be very helpful for making something better!! But, should we really care? What should we be doing to help keep us positive, and to make our own desires and goals achievable?
One of the lines that struck me in this book was “don’t be one of those people who forget that life should be about trying to pull yourself up, rather than tearing others down”. Such simple words can mean so much! Whilst I always try not to be a negative person, I don’t think I’ve always tried to pull myself up either… I like to think that I work hard, and keep motivated - I’m proud of the business I’ve created in Scarlet River PR & I’m working with other companies so that artists benefit from my services - but when things go wrong, how likely am I to stay positive in the moment and find those things that will pull me over the fence?
How positive are you when things don’t quite go your way?
How motivated are you to continue pursuing your dream career when it isn’t so easy? Remember where you’ve come from, remember what you’ve achieved, and keep positive!
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